Category Archives: D-Day

There Are No Words

The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they assaulted Normandy, located on the northern coast of France, on June 6, 1944.

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Luftwaffe dive bombers attack Stalingrad

The Allied North Africa Campaign began with the British, in response to Italy declaring war on June 10, 1940. They, along with the German Afrika Korps, capitulated on May 12, 1943.  This brought the first humiliating defeat of Nazi Germany on the western front. The Russian front was also stabilizing having held back against the best German armor and shock troops the Nazis could deliver.

The Russians under Joseph Stalin looked ahead to the invasion of occupied Europe and the final defeat of Nazi Germany. The Allies decided the next move would be against Italy.  The hope was an Allied invasion would remove the Italian fascist regime from the war, secure the central Mediterranean, and divert German divisions from the northwest coast of France where the Allies planned to attack in the near future. The Allies’ Italian Campaign began with the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 

Link to – Sergeant Ray Lambert – National Memorial Day Concert. Aired May 26, 2019 on PBS. Hear his D-Day Story. Narrated by Sam Elliot.

WWII veterans reflect on D-Day 75th anniversary

Between the Russian Army which was advancing all along the Eastern front, and the successful landing, followed by continual battles and a push towards Paris by the Allies, the days of Hitler’s 1000 year Reich were coming to a close. The Battle of Berlin, April – May 1945, signaled the last nail in the Nazi coffin. Hitler’s total war destroyed millions of lives, devastated Germany, and ultimately resulted in his death by suicide, before the close of World War II.

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Sherman tank on road pushing towards Rome

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Kilroy was here…